Royal Proclamation of 1763
The Royal Proclamation of 1763
was issued October 7, 1763 by King George III following Great
Britain's acquisition of French territory in North America after the end of the French and Indian
War/Seven Years' War. The purpose of the proclamation was to organize Britain's vast new North
American empire, and to stabilize relations with North American Indians through regulation of trade,
settlement, and land purchases on the western frontier.
THE ROYAL PROCLAIMATION
7 OCTOBER, 1763
Whereas We have taken into Our Royal Consideration the extensive and valuable Acquisitions in
America, secured to our Crown by the late Definitive Treaty of Peace, concluded at Paris the
10th Day of February last; and being desirous that all Our loving Subjects, as well of our
Kingdom as of our Colonies in America, may avail themselves with all convenient Speed, of the
great Benefits and Advantages which must accrue therefrom to their Commerce, Manufactures,
and Navigation, We have thought fit, with the Advice of our Privy Council. to issue this our
Royal Proclamation, hereby to publish and declare to all our loving Subjects, that we have, with
the Advice of our Said Privy Council, granted our Letters Patent, under our Great Seal of Great
Britain, to erect, within the Countries and Islands ceded and confirmed to Us by the said Treaty,
Four distinct and separate Governments, styled and called by the names of Quebec, East Florida,
West Florida and Grenada, and limited and bounded as follows,
First--The Government of Quebec bounded on the Labrador Coast by the River St. John,
and from thence by a Line drawn from the Head of that River through the Lake St. John,
to the South end of the Lake Nipissing; from whence the said Line, crossing the River St.
Lawrence, and the Lake Champlain, in 45. Degrees of North Latitude, passes along the
High Lands which divide the Rivers that empty themselves into the said River St.
Lawrence from those which fall into the Sea; and also along the North Coast of the Bay
des Châleurs, and the Coast of the Gulph of St. Lawrence to Cape Rosières, and from
thence crossing the Mouth of the River St. Lawrence by the West End of the Island of
Anticosti, terminates at the aforesaid River of St. John.
Secondly--The Government of East Florida, bounded to the Westward by the Gulph of
Mexico and the Apalachicola River; to the Northward by a Line drawn from that part of
the said River where the Chatahouchee and Flint Rivers meet, to the source of St. Mary's
River. and by the course of the said River to the Atlantic Ocean; and to the Eastward and
Southward by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulph of Florida, including all Islands within
Six Leagues of the Sea Coast.
Thirdly--The Government of West Florida, bounded to the Southward by the Gulph of